In October, I received an email from Good Molecules, asking me if I would like to try a few of their products. I’ve actually seen Good Molecules while shopping on Beautylish, and was intrigued by their low prices. I’m incredibly grateful to Good Molecules and Beautylish for providing me with the opportunity to try their products, but I still wanted to give everything an honest review, as always.
It’s taken me a long time to write this review for several reasons. Some skincare ingredients take longer than others to see results, and I wanted to test them out thoroughly instead of just throwing my review out there after two weeks of testing. I also received most of these products at the same time, and didn’t want to completely change up my skincare routine and cause my skin to freak out. I took my time slowly adding in these products into my routine to ensure that my skin would stay happy, so it’s taken some time for me to be able to use everything.
I told Good Molecules that my skincare concerns were dryness, texture, and hyperpigmentation, so the products that they sent me specifically target these issues. The products that I received and will be reviewing today are:
- Niacinamide Brightening Toner
- Niacinamide Serum
- Discolouration Serum
- Cold-pressed Rosehip Oil
- Ultra-Hydrating Facial Oil
- Silicone-Free Priming Moisturizer
Grab a drink, get cozy, and settle in, because this is going to be one long review. Continue reading to see what I think of these products!
Good Molecules is Beautylish’s house brand for skincare. Its idea is a simple one: skincare that works at a fair price. My first impression of them was that they seemed like a The Ordinary-esque brand, but much more user-friendly and approachable to the every day skincare consumer. Not only are its products set at a reasonable price, but the packaging will lay out what skin concerns it targets, and also state whether the product is suitable for AM or PM use. Not going to lie bright and colourful packaging is aesthetically appealing, too!
Most of Good Molecules’ products range from the $10-$20 CAD price range, although they also have sets available at a few dollars’ discount. Good Molecules is a vegan brand, and they do not test on animals. As far as the products I own, none of them are scented. You can purchase Good Molecules products on Beautylish and on Get Good Molecules.
NIACINAMIDE BRIGHTENING TONER – $19 CAD/120mL
Promote bright, even skin and less visible pores with this brightening toner that’s gentle enough for daily use. Niacinamide Brightening Toner is formulated with a soothing blend of brightening ingredients that work to reduce the appearance of dullness, uneven skin tone, and enlarged pores.
Niacinamide has become a really popular ingredient these last few years, and for good reason. I was surprised to find that this doesn’t only contain niacinamide, but a blend of other powerhouse ingredients as well. The star players are niacinamide, alpha arbutin, and vitamin C, which explains why the toner is housed in a tinted jar to keep it from oxidizing. These three ingredients are known for its ability to target uneven skin tone, dullness, decreasing the look of pores, and fading hyperpigmentation, so combining the three likely makes the formula even more powerful.
I tend to associate toners with alcohol, which is a completely outdated thought. Most toners these days are alcohol free, including this one. How I use this is by dispensing some of the product into my palms and patting it gently into my skin. You can also use a cotton pad, but I prefer using my hands to decrease the amount of waste I create, and also because cotton pads soak up some of the product.
The consistency is surprisingly thick for a toner – somewhere between the usual runniness of a toner and the more viscous consistency of a serum. I actually prefer how thick it is, as it’s not so watery and gets everywhere. It’s a very gentle formula that won’t irritate sensitive skin types. After using this every morning for several months, I have found my skin to be brighter overall, but still with hyperpigmentation on particularly dark, stubborn spots. I feel like this toner is great for maintenance, but you’ll need an additional boost for targeting problem areas.
NIACINAMIDE SERUM – $9 CAD/30 mL
Promote smooth, even skin and minimize the appearance of pores with Niacinamide Serum from Good Molecules. Formulated with 10% Niacinamide (vitamin B3), this lightweight serum helps to refine skin tone and texture for a brighter, healthier-looking complexion.
Good Molecules’ Niacinamide Serum contains 10% niacinamide (otherwise known as Vitamin B3), an ingredient which is known to help even out skin tone and texture, minimize pores, and soften fine lines and wrinkles. I actually don’t have issues with pores or with fine lines, but I wanted something that would help with my skin texture in the cheek area that’s directly next to my nose.
I tried the Niaciamide serum from The Ordinary and it didn’t seem to have any effect on my skin, so I was skeptical going into this one. I do feel like there are products better suited for skin brightening (for example, Vitamin C), but for a while there, I was dealing with some major texture issues in the aforementioned cheek area, and I found that this really helped reduce the bumpiness after continued long-term use.
This Niacinamide serum is clear, and comes in a dropper bottle. I’m not sure why, but I had a lot of problems squeezing any product up with the dropper. I thought I maybe had a faulty dropper, but I tried switching it with the dropper from another Good Molecules serum and ran into the same problem. I’m not sure if the problem stemmed from the thicker consistency of this serum or not, but reading reviews online, it didn’t seem like other people had the same issue. It’s a bit annoying, but not a dealbreaker – I just pour it straight onto my palms instead.
The texture of the serum feels a little sticky when first applied to the face. However, it dries down quickly and loses the tackiness, so that other products layer easily on top without anything pilling. The niacinamide serum is good for daytime and nighttime use, although I use it during the day so that I can use other actives at night.
I use this in conjunction with the Niacinamide toner, and Beautylish actually sells these two in a set together (as well as separately), so they are meant to be used together! To be honest, I don’t know if you need both of them as they have the same skincare benefits – I suppose you may see stronger, quicker results when you use them together. With both products together, I did see some brightening and evening results in terms of texture.
DISCOLORATION CORRECTING SERUM – $17 CAD/30mL
This lightweight serum improves the appearance of age spots, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, and sun damage.
I have to say that I was the most excited about testing out this product. I don’t get pimples often, but every single time I do get one, it will leave a dark mark behind for months on end, even if I didn’t touch it.
What I was most curious about was what the hyperpigmentation-fading ingredient was. After reading the ingredients list, I found out this serum contains niacinamide and tranexamic acid, the latter of which is a new ingredient to me. According to Paula’s Choice, transexamic acid decreases discolouration by interrupting pathways that can cause hyperpigmentation, as well as make skin less susceptible to UV ray exposure. It’s apparently supposed to be even more effective at skin lightening than hydroquinone, an ingredient that is rather controversial yet regarded as a gold standard in treating discolouration.
In terms of lightening my hyperpigmentation, I have to say that this has the most dramatic results out of every type of serum that targets hyperpigmentation. I have seen a marked improvement in my dark spots, even fading particularly stubborn spots that have been on my face since the middle of last year. Although just as a note, you’re not going to see results right away – it took two months for me to start seeing results, which is why I wait so long on doing skincare reviews.
Like the Niacinamide serum, the Discoloration Serum is clear and has no scent, but it has a slightly less viscous consistency in comparison. It also doesn’t have that initial tackiness that the Niacinamide does, and can be used above and under other skincare with no pilling or other issues.
PURE COLD-PRESSED ROSEHIP SEED OIL – $14 CAD/13mL
Sustainably sourced, cold-pressed rosehip seed oil to hydrate and nourish skin.
I have always wanted to try Rosehip Oil. After finishing up my Squalane Oil from The Ordinary, my intention was to try their rosehip oil next. Then I ended up buying a bunch of oils from Fourth Ray Beauty, so rosehip oil never happened for me. I was so pleased when this was included as one of the products to test out.
The ingredients in this facial oil are sustainably sourced from Chile.Rosehip oil is rich in antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and vitamins, including a natural source of vitamin C and retinol known as Provitamin A. The vitamin C helps target signs of aging and sun damage, and the Provitamin A assists with cellular regeneration. The essential fatty acids contained in this oil helps to reduce trans-epidermal water loss (what is commonly known as TEWL) resulting from a damaged moisture barrier. This makes the rosehip oil a great one to use if you are using harsher actives in your routine, such as AHAs or retinoids.
This bottle of oil looks tiny compared to all of the other serums and contains less than half the amount of product, but a little goes a long way. For the last four months, I’ve been rotating between this oil and the one I’m reviewing next, and am not even halfway through the bottle! The rosehip oil has a runnier, thinner consistency compared to most oils I own. I’ve used a lot of facial oils in my time, and I find this one to be fairly lightweight on the face. I dispense two drops onto my palms, and pat it gently into the skin. It has a pale yellow tint, and I don’t think it has an added fragrance, but it does have a slightly nutty scent. I think this scent might be naturally occurring from the ingredients; it’s not a strong scent, and I find very comforting.
I enjoy layering this as my last step over my usual skincare, including on top of a moisturizer. In December, I suffered from a severe bout of dry, flaky skin, and I layered this on top of moisturizer AND a sleeping mask at night. The rosehip oil is lightweight and absorbs into the skin when worn with fewer layers, but on top of so many hydrating layers, its purpose is more to lock in all of the moisture.
ULTRA-HYDRATING FACIAL OIL – $14 CAD/30 mL
Hydrate, nourish, and protect your skin with Ultra-Hydrating Facial Oil from Good Molecules. Formulated for all skin types, this lightweight blend of camellia oil and sea buckthorn oil relieves dryness and dehydration, leaving you with a smooth, dewy glow.
Now that it’s getting colder, all the facial oils come out in full swing. My face gets drier in the winter, and both the ultra-hydrating facial oil and the rosehip oil really help to provide additional moisture.
As the name suggests, the Ultra-Hydrating Facial Oil helps to hydrate and nourish the skin. It features the ingredients camellia and sea buckthorn, both of which are oils that have known to work particularly well for dry skin types.
The Ultra Hydrating Facial Oil has a thicker texture than the rosehip oil. This has a deep yellow tint to it, but no discernible scent. Cleia mentioned in her review that the tint shows up on her skin, but it doesn’t on my slightly deeper skintone. With that being said, I still only wear this at night (which is what the brand recommends). I do really like this, and use it in the same ways that I do with the rosehip oil. However, this is a deeply rich facial oil, and I feel like only people with dry to very dry or dehydrated skin would appreciate it – it might be a little too heavy for those with oily skin types. The Rosehip Oil may be a more universal facial oil for all skin types.
SILICONE-FREE PRIMING MOISTURIZER – $19 CAD/50 mL
Smooth, hydrate, and prep your skin for makeup with Silicone-Free Priming Moisturizer from Good Molecules. Formulated with macadamia seed oil, shea butter, and a naturally derived silicone alternative, this lightweight daily moisturizer works to strengthen, condition, and protect skin from environmental stress—all while creating a smooth, plumped-up canvas for flawless makeup application.
The Silicone-Free Priming Moisturizer is Good Molecules’ answer to a moisturizer that creates a smooth canvas without using pore-blocking silicones. Silicones are an ingredient usually listed as some sort of dimethicone on the skincare list, and is used in makeup and skincare to make products feel emollient and silky. Just as a note, I don’t necessarily see silicone as a bad skincare ingredient. Some people do say it clogs their skin, but everyone’s skin reacts differently to different ingredients. With that being said, I don’t avoid silicone, but don’t actively seek it out in my skincare or makeup either.
I have never used a moisturizer that doubles as a primer, so a product like this was very intriguing to me. The brand has replaced silicone with a plant-based, naturally derived silicone, which is how it’s silicone-free. This moisturizer comes in bottle with a pump, which I absolutely love – so hygienic and easy to use! It has a very thick, emollient consistency to it, the way you would expect a product with silicone in it to feel. It seriously smooths out the skin, creating your face a great canvas for makeup.
It’s hard for me to test out primers because I don’t have issues with pores needing to be filled in, nor with my foundation fading through the day. However, I did find that my foundation looked really smooth applied on top of the priming moisturizer.
As a moisturizer, I don’t find it the most hydrating. I think it would be hydrating enough for normal to oily-skinned users, and will likely be sufficient as a daytime moisturizer for my dry skin in the summer. However, I have been using it on top of my usual moisturizer, and it adds an additional layer of hydration on top of its priming properties. I wait a minute or two to let it sink in before applying my sunscreen, and they seem to play well together without pilling. The Silicone-Free Priming Moisturizer is suitable for daytime and nighttime use, but since I don’t need priming properties at night, I take the opportunity to use a more hydrating moisturizers at night.
I have really been enjoying the Priming Moisturizer and love that it does double duty, but it’s neither my favourite primer nor my favourite moisturizer. Nonetheless, I could see a lot of people enjoying something like this.
Overall, I have really been enjoying all of the products from Good Molecules. My skin has reacted well to everything, and I think they have something for everyone. My favourites from the brand so far are the niacinamide serum, the discoloration serum, and the rosehip oil. The brand is continually putting out new products, and I can’t wait to see what they come out with next. I hope that I’ll see more actives from them in the future! Huge thank you again to Good Molecules for sending these products for me to test out!